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Artist in Residence: The Great Circle Program

The Great Circle artist-in-residence program is a unique collaboration between The Rockwell Museum and the Elmira City School District.

The Rockwell Museum believes in reaching all audiences through authentic educational arts experiences–this interdisciplinary program integrates fundamental arts education with New York State Common Core content to create a well-rounded curriculum.

A professional teaching artist visits every first-grade classroom for hands-on art and storytelling activities for three weeks. The program culminates with a fourth session at The Rockwell Museum where students will participate in activities engaging them in learning about art through movement, drawing and storytelling.

The interdisciplinary project entitled Birds of the Enchanted Forest supports first grade learning strands of Domain 8 – Animals and Habitats and Domain 9 – Fairy Tales. Pre-visit materials include an introductory video introducing the teaching artists and incorporating key vocabulary from Domain 8 and 9 and The Bird of Imagining. In the classroom, students create their own Birds of the Enchanted Forest through drawings, writing and storytelling activities.

Photo by Lee Speary

Artists In Residence

Gigi Alvaré is an educator, artist and performer. She served as Director of Education at the Rockwell Museum from 2001- April 2018. During her tenure she initiated and developed numerous projects in the Museum and the community including the Dia de Los Muertos project, the Garden of Fire (summer youth program) and the Alley Art Project (Corning mural project in collaboration with the High School Learning Center).

From 1984 until her tenure at The Rockwell Museum, Alvaré taught in hundreds of K-12 classrooms in New York City and the Hudson River Valley through many arts-in-education organizations such as the Touchstone Center for Children and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Doing Art Together program. For the Touchstone Center, she illustrated four books and wrote several plays for children that have been performed in a variety of settings, including: The Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society and Belvedere Castle, Central Park

As a performer Alvaré has performed at La Mama ETC, NYC, Theatre for the New City, NYC, the Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie NY, and the Mettawee River Theatre Summer Company. As an artist her work has been exhibited at Abrons Art Center, Barret Art Center, Tivoli Artist’s Co-op, Arnot Art Museum, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and 171 Cedar Arts. She was selected as a Finger Lakes Billboard Artist in 2002.  From 2004-2007 she served on the Arts in Education Panel for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC. From the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Alvaré received a 2010 Crossroads Grant for the creation of a performance piece, the 2010 ARTS Partnership Award, the 2018 Lifetime Service Award, and Individual Artist grants in 2020 and 2022.

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Katherine Miller has devoted her career to the arts and to the students and children she serves. She is passionate about both! Earning both a Bachelor’s & Master’s degree in the areas of Art & Education, her teaching credentials have encompassed three different states.

Katherine has had the privilege of creating and teaching alongside  thousands of children from every age group: from pre-school to high school.

Katherine has served as an art director, teaching artist, educator & trainer, grant writer, puppeteer and storyteller. Katherine has received numerous awards in three states, in acknowledgement of  her teaching skills and art advocacy. Humbled by these accolades, it encourages her to continue to be the voice for children and their inherent gift of creativity. Her joy and love for the children she teaches is her most treasured attribute. She believes, truly, that every child is an artist!

Introducing The Great Circle Online with Miss Aleta

Enjoy this program virtually! Students will love the engaging episodes featuring Miss Aleta and her woodland puppet friends. Each episode is accompanied by art project instructions for the home or in the classroom, plus games, slideshows and more. This program contains:

  • 5 Video Episodes with Miss Aleta and her woodland puppet friends
  • Video Slideshows
  • Educator Guide
  • Printable Activities
  • Guided Art Projects

Learn More & Request Access

Introducing The Great Circle Online with Miss Aleta

Enjoy this program virtually! Students will love the engaging episodes featuring Miss Aleta and her woodland puppet friends. Each episode is accompanied by art project instructions for the home or in the classroom, plus games, slideshows and more. This program contains:

  • 5 Video Episodes with Miss Aleta and her woodland puppet friends
  • Video Slideshows
  • Educator Guide
  • Printable Activities
  • Guided Art Projects

Learn More & Request Access

Thank you

District-wide implementation for all first-grade students in the Elmira City School District has been made possible in part with the support from the Anderson Foundation, Inc., Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc., Hardinge Anderson Evans Foundation, The Hilliard Foundation, M&T Bank, and The Tripp Foundation.

District implementation for all first-grade students in the Bath Central School District has been made possible by the generous support from the Edith Saxton Fund for Steuben County Youth Services. The Saxton Fund is administered and managed by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Questions? Contact us!

Mary Mix, Director of Education
mixm@rockwellmuseum.org | 607-974-4305